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With a superb reputation for infrastructure and energy sector work, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is regularly involved in the market's most significant projects and routinely provides assistance with environmental impact assessments and various infrastructure and energy-related permitting issues. The team is advising Vienna International Airport and the state of Lower Austria on the construction of the third runway at the airport, and assisted Asfinag with various environmental and permitting issues pertaining to the construction of several major motorways. In the energy space, Christian Schmelz's team advised Tiwag Tiroler Wasserkraft on the construction and operation of two large hydro-pump power storage plants and three large-scale river power plants in Tyrol. Bernd Rajal and counsel Johannes Stalzer are also recommended.

Working in close co-operation with other departments such as public procurement, real estate and construction, CMS' public procurement head Bernt Elsner advised Strabag and its joint venture partner Salini Impregilo on various matters pertaining to the construction of the main section of the Brenner tunnel, a 55km railway tunnel between Austria and Italy, and head of infrastructure and projects Thomas Hamerl is advising the regional government of Lower Austria on the development of a broadband glass fibre network. Johannes Trenkwalder is the main contact for energy sector work.

At Eisenberger & Herzog, the team works in close conjunction with its regulatory, M&A and finance practices leading to particular expertise at this cross-section. Key contact for energy and infrastructure transactional work Marco Steiner advised an Austrian municipality on matters concerning the operation and sale of a biomass power plant to a regional company, and Tatjana Dworak, who heads the public law team in Klagenfurt, represented several wind farm operators in Carinthia in administrative proceedings. Public procurement team head Ulrike Sehrschön is another key contact.

With a superb reputation for energy sector work, Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwaelte GmbH covers the whole spectrum of electricity and gas regulatory matters including state aid and competition law as well as contentious issues. Team head Thomas Starlinger is highly regarded in the market and supported by Moritz Am Ende; both 'provide accurate and speedy answers'.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a strong profile for national and cross-border project finance work but is also well equipped to guide clients through the full life cycle of infrastructure and energy projects. 'Very experienced' public procurement experts Manfred Essletzbichler and Sebastian Oberzaucher are assisting the Austrian Development Agency with construction contracts for a flood protection infrastructure project in Serbia. Andreas Schmid heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH in February 2018. Wolfram Schachinger was promoted to counsel in May 2018.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's strength lies in advising financial institutions and energy companies on regulatory, energy and competition law matters including disputes. The group is led by competition practice head Andreas Traugott and works in close co-operation with the firm's Berlin office.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Binder Grösswang regularly combines its corporate, finance, real estate, regulatory and contentious capabilities to advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects. In recent work, the team advised Erste Bank and the European Investment Bank on the financing, construction and operation of three Austrian wind farms. Johannes Barbist heads the team.

Cerha Hempel frequently draws on the expertise of its finance, corporate, M&A, public procurement and real estate teams to advise on energy, infrastructure and electronic tolling projects. Georg Konrad and Johannes Aehrenthal are assisting Vienna International Airport with various infrastructure projects, and Clemens Hasenauer provides regular advice to the Central European Gas Hub on various regulatory and energy law matters. Thomas Trettnak is another key member of the team.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'knowledgeable and dedicated' team has a strong focus on international energy development work with particular geographical emphasis on the Middle East, SSE and Africa, while also handling local work, and typically acts for governments and private investors. In recent work, the group advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the financing of a wind farm in Parndorf, Burgenland. The 'tenacious' Andreas Gunst is the main contact for energy sector work and Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is the name to note for infrastructure-related matters.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH handles the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory energy and natural resources matters, while also handling infrastructure work. Of counsel Elisabeth König advised Spanish utilities company Gas Natural Fenosa on various regulatory and transactional matters pertaining to its entry into the Austrian market. Bernhard Müller and Heinrich Kühnert jointly head the team. OMV and Klima- und Energiefonds are also clients.

With a focus on contentious and non-contentious energy sector work, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer acts for several key industry players, including national and international energy and mining companies, lenders and sponsors as well as public sector bodies. In the contentious space, the team acted as lead counsel to EVN in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Bulgaria over electricity pricing issues based on the Energy Charter and the Austria-Bulgaria bilateral investment treaty. Stephan Denk, Farid Sigari-Majd and Willibald Plesser are the key contacts.

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  • THE NATIONAL REGULATION ON THE SECURITY OF "NIS" IN AUSTRIA SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU

    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
    - Dorda
  • "BLACK FRIDAY" - NOW FREELY USABLE FOR PROMOTIONS IN AUSTRIA

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
    - Dorda
  • AUSTRIA: ANONYMISATION ACCEPTED AS VALID DATA DELETION METHOD

    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
    - Dorda
  • Consent or pay – a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as – at least in Austria – online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
    - Dorda
  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
  • fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location
  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
    - Dorda
  • Rien ne va plus!

     
    - Dorda
  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda

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  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AlbĂ©a on the acquisition of Scandolara Slovakia

    Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albéa group ("Albéa") on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in SCANDOLARA TUB-EST, s.r.o. ("Scandolara"), a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. read more...
  • Schoenherr assists Republic of Austria in offer to HETA-creditors

    On Friday, 2 September 2016, the Austrian Finance Minister has given the green light to finance a public offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds (KAF) to HETA creditors pursuant to § 2a of the Austrian Financial Market Stability Act. The offer will implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in May 2016 between the Austrian Minister of Finance and a significant number of creditors of debt instruments issued by HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (HETA) that are subject to a regional law deficiency guarantee. The offer will be published by KAF on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises banking consortium on issuance of EUR 500 million mortgage covered bond

    Schoenherr advised an international banking consortium comprising Commerzbank Ak-tiengesellschaft (technical lead), Barclays Bank plc, Crédit Agricole CIB and CaixaBank SA as Joint Lead Managers on the successful issuance of a EUR 500 million fixed-rate mortgage covered bond ( Pfandbrief ) by Vienna-based Erste Group Bank AG (closing date: 9 September 2015). The bond was placed with institutional investors and listed on the Second Regulated Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.  read more...
  • Austria: JUVE confirms Schoenherr's leading role in Austrian legal market and among corporate/M&A pr

    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Allianz Capital Partners on its first acquisition of wind parks in Austr

    Schoenherr advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind, one of the country’s largest wind farm operators, with a portfolio of 320 MW in operation. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises UNION Investment on prominent real estate transactions in Vienna

    Schoenherr has advised UNION Investment Real Estate GmbH, one of Europe's leading property investment management companies, on several prominent real estate acquisitions that the Hamburg-based group has made in Vienna. In addition to space2move, Schoenherr has also advised UNION Investment. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's Druck.at

    Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of Druck.at, one of the leading web-to-print businesses in Austria. The transaction, which was announced on 18 March 2015, closed on 17 April 2015 following the successful achievement of various closing conditions including Austrian antitrust clearance. The acquisition supports Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform that aggregates and optimizes the supply chain and production of mass customized products such as signage, printing, apparel and promotional products. read more...
  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

    Schoenherr has been recognized as " South East Europe Law Firm of the Year " (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners . Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...